Sheffield United are interested in signing former Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan in the January transfer window, according to a report from The Guardian.
They could face competition for his signature, with West Ham United and Aston Villa also thought to be keen on the Argentine.
Gaitan has been plying his trade in Major League Soccer recently with Chicago Fire, but his contract is set to expire in December, making him a free agent.
There is thought to be an option for the 31-year-old to remain in the United States, but he reportedly favours a move back to European football.
According to The Guardian, all three of Sheffield United, Aston Villa and West Ham are interested in taking the 16-time Argentina international, who has scored 11 goals in 27 appearances for Chicago Fire in the season just gone (Transfermarkt).
If Sheffield United were to sign Gaitan then it has to be said it would be a really surprising piece of business.
Whilst he certainly has quality, indeed he has represented big clubs such as Benfica and Atletico Madrid during his career, it is hard to see how he would fit in at Bramall Lane.
The Blades famously operate with a 3-5-2 system under Chris Wilder (Transfermarkt), which utilises wing-backs and a flat midfield three.
According to Transfermarkt, Gaitan has played either as a winger or central attacking midfielder during his career with no history of playing a more defensive role.
Therefore he may not be suited to the way Sheffield United play at all, as he would have to play either as a wing-back or as an out-and-out central midfielder, positions he is not used to.
Added to that, he wouldn’t fit the profile of players that the Blades manager has been bringing in recently, with each of Wilder’s summer signings barring Phil Jagielka being 27 or younger (Transfermarkt).
As a 31-year-old who doesn’t play in any of the positions Sheffield United use, this transfer rumour does look like a non-starter.
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